From Bang on A Can via HOTA in Australia: Bang On A Can All-Stars

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Bang on a Can All-Stars by Lisa Bauso

Known worldwide as some of the best contemporary musicians the Bang on a Can All-Stars, who formed in 1992, are recognised for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music.

Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers, performs, presents, and records new work, develops new audiences, and educates the musicians of the future.

Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity. With a massive repertoire of works written specifically for the group’s distinctive instrumentation and style of performance, the All-Stars have become a genre in their own right.

Performing throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have shattered the definition of what concert music is today. The group’s celebrated projects include their landmark recording of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports, as well as live performances with Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Don Byron, Iva Bittova, Thurston Moore, and others.

Recent project highlights include the premiere performances and recording of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize winning Anthracite Fields, Field Recordings, a major multi-media project featuring over 30 commissioned works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Michael Gordon, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Steve Reich, Caroline Shaw, Julia Wolfe, and more; the world premiere and album release of Cloud River Mountain, a collaboration featuring Chinese superstar singer Gong Linna; and more.

David Lang and Julia Wolfe have both won Pulitzer Prizes for Music with David Lang recently nominated for an Academy and Golden Globe Award for his musical expertise for the film “Youth”.

“A fiercely aggressive group, combining the power and punch of a rock band with the precision and clarity of a chamber ensemble.” – New York Times

“Their reputation preceded them as they’ve been on the cutting edge since 1987 and recognized globally as a distinctly innovative musical entity.” Zaman

“…the All-Stars cooked like only the All-Stars can cook, and their sound crew made them sound great at all times.” – Los Angeles Times

Book your tickets and get a free album download of Bang on a Can
All-Stars ‘ More Field Recordings’.
See review here.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts, in partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney City Recital Hall.

Images: Peter Serling, Stephanie Berger

PROGRAM

David Lang Cheating, lying, stealing
Michael Gordon For Madeleine
JG Thirlwell Anabiosis
Julia Wolfe Believing
INTERMISSION
Kate Moore Ridgeway
Philip Glass Closing
Steve Martland Horses of Instruction

Music
Bang on a Can All-Stars
30 Aug
Location
Arts Theatre
Duration
1 hr 35 mins (inc. 20 min interval)
Artist
Gregg August – bass Ashley Bathgate – cello Vicky Chow – piano and keyboard David Cossin – percussion Taylor Levine – guitar and voice Ken Thomson – clarinet and bass clarinet Andrew Cotton – sound engineer
Cost
Book your tickets and get a free album download of Bang on a Can All-Stars More Field Recordings

Adult $48
Pension $42
Senior $42
Student (Secondary/Tertiary) $30
Child $26
Friends of the Arts $42
Groups (6+) $42 ea.
Student Groups (6+) $21 ea.
Under 30 $30*

^Link to download sent prior to concert in our See you Soon email.

*Under 30 price cannot ‘Print at Home’ and is only
available for Box Office Collection with proof of
age or for purchase at Box Office.

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Bang on a Canis dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers, performs, presents, and records new work, develops new audiences, and educates the musicians of the future. Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders. Bang on a Can plays “a central role in fostering a new kind of audience that doesn’t concern itself with boundaries. If music is made with originality and integrity, these listeners will come.” (The New York Times)
Bang on a Can has grown from a one-day New York-based Marathon concert (on Mother’s Day in 1987 in a SoHo art gallery) to a multi-faceted performing arts organization with a broad range of year-round international activities. “When we started Bang on a Can, we never imagined that our 12-hour marathon festival of mostly unknown music would morph into a giant international organization dedicated to the support of experimental music, wherever we would find it,” write Bang on a Can Co-Founders Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. “But it has, and we are so gratified to be still hard at work, all these years later. The reason is really clear to us – we started this organization because we believed that making new music is a utopian act – that people needed to hear this music and they needed to hear it presented in the most persuasive way, with the best players, with the best programs, for the best listeners, in the best context. Our commitment to changing the environment for this music has kept us busy and growing, and we are not done yet.”

Bang On A Can David Lang- Michael Gordon- Julia Wolfe © Peter Serling

Bang On A Can All-Stars Members Ashley Bathgate, cello
Robert Black, bass
Vicky Chow, piano
David Cossin, percussion
Mark Stewart, guitars
Ken Thomson, clarinet

Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Performing each year throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have shattered the definition of what concert music is today.

Together, the All-Stars have worked in unprecedented close collaboration with some of the most important and inspiring musicians of our time, including Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Burmese circle drum master Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Tan Dun, DJ Spooky, and many more. The group’s celebrated projects include their landmark recordings of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports and Terry Riley’s In C, as well as live performances with Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Don Byron, Iva Bittova, Thurston Moore, Owen Pallett and others. The All-Stars were awarded Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year and have been heralded as “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Current and recent project highlights include the touring performances and recording of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize winning Anthracite Fields for the All-Stars and guest choir, the record release of Wolfe’s acclaimed Steel Hammer, featuring Trio Mediaeval, plus a moving theatrically staged collaboration with SITI Company and director Anne Bogart; Field Recordings, a major multi-media project and CD/DVD now featuring 30 commissioned works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Steve Reich, Todd Reynolds, Julia Wolfe, and more; the Lincoln Center Festival 2017 world premiere of Cloud River Mountain, a new collaboration featuring Chinese superstar singer Gong Linna; the world premiere performance and recording of Steve Reich’s 2×5 including a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall, and much more. With a massive repertoire of works written specifically for the group’s distinctive instrumentation and style of performance, the All-Stars have become a genre in their own right. The All-Stars record on Cantaloupe Music and have released past recordings on Sony, Universal and Nonesuch.

John Schaefer


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